Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday.
I am doing a review of a chapter book for ages 6-10. I know that many parents are moving towards chapter books as their children begin reading on their own. And, although I believe that picture books are wonderful for elementary grades even when kids are reading themselves (for so many reasons), I also know that great chapter books continue the engagement of young readers with the world of books. My favorites were Little Women, Black Beauty and ALL of the Nancy Drew series. And, if G.G. Rock Climbs by Marty Mokler Banks had been around then, I know I would not have been able to put it down.
G.G. ROCK CLIMBS
Written by Marty Mokler Banks
Photo Illustrations by Alisa Mokler Harper
Publisher: Switch Monkey Press (2014)
Ages: 6-10 (But I was totally engaged!)
Friendship, self-esteem/self-confidence, overcoming challenges, rock climbing
“Does your mom let you have cake? With thick creamy frosting. And little flowers on top?
Well. My mom does not!
Oh, all right. Maybe on special occasions. But it seems like never. Mom says sugar is Not Good for a Healthy Body.
So when I first opened Stinky Sarah’s birthday party invitation, I immediately thought: CAKE! I get CAKE!”
Eight-year-old G.G. climbs all over stuff—from the couch in her apartment to the boulders at the park. So when she’s invited to Stinky Sarah’s birthday party at Rock Star climbing gym, G.G.’s up the wall in no time. G.G. likes it so much, she and her friend, Isaac, take a rock climbing class. When they head outside, things are suddenly more difficult. Can G.G. brave those steep rock faces up Zoo Canyon?
Why I like this book:
- Well-written, exciting page-turner that will keep kids engaged from the first page to the last
- Love the photo-illustrations – placed at just the right points in the story – really connects you to the story and the characters
- Great message about friendship, facing and overcoming fears, the importance of challenging ourselves
How a parent can use this book:
- Read it with your child – great opportunity to talk about things your child would like to do but maybe is afraid to try
- Talk about how Isaac and G.G. supported and encouraged each other
The book is available on Amazon.
If you’d like to connect with Marty Banks (she the co-coordinator of southern Colorado SCBWI) or learn more about her other books, please visit her website: http://www.martymoklerbanks.com/
Or her blog where she reviews all things chapter book: Chapter Book Chat
Why not visit a local gym or play center that has a rock climbing wall for kids?
Photo courtesy: http://www.ssww.com
For AMAZING crafts and activities using rocks, stones and pebbles, please visit: http://www.kidactivities.net/post/ideas-with-stones-and-rocks-for-kids.aspx
If you are looking for more wonderful book reviews, please visit Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog. If you are a mom, teacher or librarian, please check out Susanna’s amazing Perfect Picture Book page with over 1000 categorized picture book reviews and activities.
And, because today is my grandson’s sixth birthday, here’s a yummy birthday cake – please help yourselves to a BIG slice!